Tehran vaccine ban slammed for ‘placing politics above people’

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Fri, 2021-01-08 16:37

LONDON: Iran has come under fire from rights groups for “placing people above politics” for its ban on imports of British and American COVID-19 vaccines, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has responded by urging countries not to politicize the rollouts.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Friday: “Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are forbidden … They’re completely untrustworthy. It’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations.” 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the 1978 revolt in Qom, which ignited the Iranian Revolution. (AFP)
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